Phillip Ridlen

What are you doing?

This is a now page. If you have your own site, you should make one, too.

When Twitter first arrived on the scene, it had one mission: answer the question, “What are you doing?” Twitter no longer serves that purpose for most of its users, and as such, a better place to keep up with me is to watch this page.

This is what I’m doing as of March 30, 2020.

🦠 COVID-19

Currently sheltering in place. I’m thankful that the stay-at-home order allows for outdoor activity such as exercise and walks in the park. As part of the livestream team for my church, I get to go see a few of the people there on Sundays as well. I haven’t been in contact with anyone who’s tested positive, so I am also incredibly thankful that my family is healthy and alive, even if we do have a bit of cabin fever.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Family

I recently adopted a beautiful one-year-old girl on February 21, 2020. I live in Burleson, Texas (just south of Fort Worth) with my wife and our three kids aged 5, 4, and 1. Interesting fact: my youngest two share a birthday!

👨‍💻 Career

I’m currently happily employed as a Lead Software Engineer at Stitch Fix. It’s a fantastic place to work: competitive compensation, interesting challenges to solve with a great deal of autonomy, great benefits, and a serious commitment to life/work balance.

I work remotely keeping the our payment systems running smoothly. Our tech stack is mostly Ruby on Rails, with a smattering of Go and React. You should come work with me!

I’m not seeking other employement or contract work at this time. Please do not solicit me for open positions.


👨‍🏫 I’m still the youth leader at Burleson Bible Church where I mentor and teach students in grades 7 through 12. Yes, I still laugh at fart jokes. Because they are funny.

⛰🏃‍♂️ I love trail running. I’m slowly working up to longer distances. Most recently I completed my first trail 10K in September 2019. I was training for an 8-mile trail run on April 18th, but that has been canceled due to this stupid virus and I’m looking forward to it next year.

🤠 I wrangled the RubyFTW Fort Worth Ruby Enthusiasts Group for a number of years, but I hung my hat, and eventually that group was put out to pasture.